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Football: Brazil's 1970 legend Jairzinho seeks future stars

Published on Mar 25, 2014 5:36 PM
 
Formber Brazilian football player Jair Ventura Filho aka Jairzinho coaches youngsters during a project to find a talent at Varginha shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 20, 2014. Forty-four years ago, Jairzinho carved out a piece of World Cup history as one of the stars of Brazil's celebrated 1970 side. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO(AFP) - Forty-four years ago, Jairzinho carved out a piece of World Cup history as one of the stars of Brazil's celebrated 1970 side.

The dashing winger known as the "Hurricane" remains the only man to score in every round of the tournament, notching seven goals in six games as Brazil swept to victory in Mexico.

But as his homeland prepares to host the World Cup for the first time since 1950, the 69-year-old veteran is dismayed by what he sees as a lack of star quality in Brazil's class of 2014.

"I can only say today there is a lack of stars in Brazilian football," Jairzinho told AFP in an exclusive interview.

 
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